For all the history / culture vultures, check your local listings; the latest installment of American Experience will air locally tonight, January 14th.
American Experience: 1964
Recalling 1964, a pivotal year in U.S. history. While the Beatles captured the imaginations of the nation's youth, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, unveiled his vision of a "Great Society" and squared off against Barry Goldwater.
If this two-hour documentary came from another network, you might be inclined to dismiss it as another example of knee-jerk anniversary journalism, the "It's been 50 years since 1964, let's takes a nostalgic look back" approach. But as you'd expect from a series as strong as American Experience, 1964 is interested in much more than just a walk through the great events of the year or an introduction to the great personalities, though both are impressive lists.
Instead, the point is to link those events and people to the major social changes that still reverberate today, from the birth of the civil-rights movement and feminism, to the cultural explosion caused by The Beatles, to the political divides between liberals and conservatives and counterculture and traditional values.
- See more at: http://www.weta.org/tv/program/american-experience-1964#sthash.X6Ct2CDE.dpuf